Charles Rodriguez enters his third season on the Xavier men's soccer staff in 2015 after being promoted to the assistant coach position prior to the 2014 season.
During his first season as full-time assistant, the Musketeers experienced the greatest season in school history as XUbroke program records for wins (15), shutouts (11) and team GAA (0.84). Rodriguez was a key part of the 2014 BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year as Xavier advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.
Rodriguez came to XU after a stellar playing career at UNC Charlotte from 2008-2011, which included some memorable Atlantic 10 tournament clashes with the Musketeers. As a senior, Rodriguez was named First Team All-America by Soccer America, NSCAA first-team All-Mid-Atlantic region, and became the first defender in school history to earn NSCAA First Team All-America honors. He was also named to the 2011 NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team while leading the 49ers to the 2011 College Cup Championship game for the first time in school history.
The Franklin, Tenn. native captained a Charlotte defense that had nine shutouts, limited 21 foes to a goal or less and only allowed four goals in 6 NCAA Tournament games in 2011. Rodriguez finished his collegiate career by helping set a school record 30 shutouts during his 4 year span.
Rodriguez was drafted in the third round of Major League Soccer's (MLS) Supplemental Draft by DC United and spent some time with them before moving on to the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL Pro League for the 2012 season. Following the 2012 season Charles went back to school to finish his degree, and that's when he decided to choose coaching as his continued career path.
"Chuck has championship DNA and was trained in what I consider to be one of college soccer's best environments -- demands, accountability, and expectations-wise," saidhead coach Andy Fleming. "I'm glad he's finally on our side of the field and as an All American, MLS Draft Pick and National Finalist he has a wonderful self-made story to share with our guys."